Where to Elope In the PNW || Portland Oregon Wedding and Elopement Photographer
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This blog is all about Elopements. Specifically in the PNW. I have couples from out of state reaching out for elopement photography. Most of these couples are not decided on anything, all they know is they wanna leave the flat Kansas or the concrete jungle and be in the nature with their loved one vowing their love to each other. So the most common question I get is: "do you have any suggestions on where we can elope" Buckle up, and get comfortable, because I got you. After having traveled all over the PNW with my husband I have found amazing spots, that I have noted in my head as "VOW, this would be an amazing place to elope" (see what I did there? Ha ha ha)
Some of these places I have already shot at, and others I just visited and hiked with my bae. So lets dive right in.
This ones for the hikers/backpackers. My dream is to backpack up here one day with a couple and wake up early morning for their elopement. If I could get married again, this is what I'm doing. (aye maybe a 5 year vow renewal;) ) Nothing beats waking up to an insane view, being surrounded by the cascade mountains and a view of Mt Baker itself. The hike up here is about 3 miles.
And since were already in the north Cascades lets jump on over to Hidden Lake Lookout. This one is a bit harder. The climb up there is rough but 100% worth it. This place literally makes you emotional. Here is why:
When planning an elopement, you need to sit down and out loud to each other say exactly how you envision it. Here is mine:
1. wake up early, make coffee/breakfast together
2. Pack up all our things the night before, hop in our truck and head out.
3. Hike up to Mt. Baker (with our photographer)
4. Make dinner, watch sunset and go to sleep in our tent.
5. Wake up before the sunrise, collect wild flowers for my bouquet, throw on my flowy white dress, and head to the spot by the lake with mountain reflection and say our vows to each other. (cry eyes out, because all the feels)
6. Dance to our favorite song, throw my handmade bouquet off the cliff and eat some red velvet/cream cheese cupcakes.
Like I mentioned earlier, I want to do this for a vow renewal years down the road.
Lets go a little South, to Mt Rainier. aka one of my favorite places in the world. This NP is full of greenery and beautiful views, and a lot more drive up places for elopement ops. Where you dont have to hike 34838493 miles. Mt Rainier has wild flowers everywhere and the trees are so pacific north westy, so if you're looking for that pnw look mt rainier is 100% for you. Scroll down for the photos :
Now, closer to home aka Portland Oregon we have, (drumroll) THE INFAMOUS COLUMBIA GORGE! There are several places that are ideal for an elopement. Amongst them is Government Cove. This place has views of the river, mountains and it is NOT a hike, a quick walk and you have insane views. I recommend going here early in the morning, to avoid crowds. Besides morning light/vibes are the best anyway.
And lets be real, Oregon has some of the best waterfalls ever. So we cant overlook Latourell Falls and all the other waterfalls Columbia Gorge has to offer.